So the reason I temporarily damaged the rose tip on my watering can was that I set it down to pick off the aphids on my sun gold.
Unfortunately they’re still there. I’m squishing them as quick as I can of course, and if needed I’ll spray the plant with some soap- but I had a brilliant idea.
See the dill plant is lousy with ladybugs. Heaving with them for some strange reason. Probably means there’s some scale insects at the roots, which would explain why it’s growing a bit odd.
I searched the roots of the dill until I found my quarry.
See those golden orbs? Ladybug eggs! Soon to hatch into ladybug larvae! And it’s the larvae that are the ultimate aphid eaters.
So I placed my biological weapon at the base of the tomato plant, and now I wait. The sun gold has a thick healthy stem and very bushy leaves, so I’m optimistic that it will be fine during the aphid onslaught.
But still… better safe then sorry, and might as well use nature to your advantage!
Because the sun gold is flowering well, and I want my cherry tomatoes!
Hatch little ladybugs hatch! Go forth and eat!